Female Students Twerk for Internships in University-Sponsored Pageant

For years, universities in the Czech Republic have held beauty pageants for their female students. The women who compete tend to look like beauty contestants anywhere: slim, young, able-bodied, large of hair, heavily made up, clad alternatively in evening gowns and bathing suits. The events have grown controversial… » 11/26/14 11:50am Yesterday 11:50am

There She Is, Your Ideal: Miss America's Mean Girl History

We reported earlier this week that in spring 2013, Miss America Kira Kazantsev was kicked out of Hofstra University's Alpha Phi sorority for hazing her sisters. Now, new information from one of her former sorority sisters indicates that her involvement was more serious than she's been willing to admit. Kazantsev » 9/25/14 2:40pm 9/25/14 2:40pm

Miss America Was Kicked Out of Her Sorority for Abusive Hazing

On paper, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev reads like a forward-thinking person's dream of what a beauty queen could be. She's a trilingual honors student who's publicly passionate about women's health and down to clown with Jimmy Kimmel; she's got a squeaky-clean image and a squeaky-clean resume. But it's missing one… » 9/22/14 1:30pm 9/22/14 1:30pm

Venezuelan Beauty Queen Has Mesh Sewn to Tongue So She Can't Eat

In the clip above, 2013 Miss Venezuela First Runner-Up Wi May Nava describes the plastic surgery she underwent to compete in pageants (boob and nose jobs). She also talks about the piece of mesh that she has sewn to her tongue so that she can't eat solid foods (this description, btw, took place before she won her… » 2/06/14 8:55pm 2/06/14 8:55pm

Miss USA Dressed as Optimus Prime Because America

Apparently the National Costume Competition of the Miss Universe Pageant is largely a crash course in cultural stereotypes. While some contestants donned more traditional clothing from their home countries, others created extravagant costumes roughly inspired by their heritage. And Miss USA showcased two of the most… » 11/04/13 2:20pm 11/04/13 2:20pm

Child Beauty Pageant Makes Contestants Prove They're Actually Latina

Child beauty pageants are fucked up enough without adding a weird racial dimension to them, but if you're going to be terrible, you might as well be all-the-way terrible, right? The Little Miss Hispanic Delaware pageant — which exists because apparently the world doesn't mess with little girls' brains enough as-is —… » 10/23/13 2:40pm 10/23/13 2:40pm

Spork Dresses and Smiles: The Ladies of Tonight's Miss America Pageant

It’s possible you may have been going about your business entirely unaware that one of those rare calendar events is upon us. Much like the appearance of Halley’s comet or the upcoming convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah, Sunday night marks the second Miss America pageant of 2013. » 9/15/13 5:15pm 9/15/13 5:15pm

Does the World Need Plus Size Beauty Pageants?

There She Is, a new documentary short that follows two best friends competing in the 2011 American Beauties Plus Pageant, is an interesting glimpse into the world of pageants for large ladies. These women work on their evening wear looks, interview skills, and stage presence just like the Miss America crew, but you'll… » 6/27/13 5:15pm 6/27/13 5:15pm